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Join an Archaeology Field Session at Whitehall Plantation

Apr 12 2022

Join an Archaeology Field Session at Whitehall Plantation

What's New

In partnership with the Brandywine Foundation, the State of Maryland, and the Lost Towns Project, the Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Section will be excavating an area that could yield new information about those who worked and lived on Whitehall Plantation in the late 18th and 19th century and whose stories have yet to be told. 

This property, located on Whitehall Creek on the Broadneck peninsula is a National Historic Landmark, and was Governor Horatio Sharpe’s plantation in the late 18th century. Until recently however, the property has only really been considered and celebrated for its grand manor house, and its architecture and formal garden. The narrative and existing documentation has yet to adequately address the full history of the site, and archaeology promises to tell us about both the freedman and enslaved workers who lived and worked here. This work is the first foray into telling a broader, more inclusive story about the Whitehall Plantation. 

Field Sessions are taking place April 20, 21, 22 and April, 27, 28, 29 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm daily).

A limited number of volunteers are welcome to assist. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers for the full day experience must register here in advance and should be able to commit to an entire day (8:00-3:00). Volunteers new to fieldwork are strongly encouraged to attend the Volunteer Orientation on April 12th at 6:00 pm (sign up here for Orientation) For more information, email Drew Webster at  [email protected]